Here's How You Can Spend 24 Hours In Seoul

Here's How You Can Spend 24 Hours In Seoul
Myeongdong, one of Korea's premiere shopping destinations, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

From Myeongdong to Insadong, here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Seoul

Roshni Subramanian
February 16 , 2020
08 Min Read

It won't be an exaggeration to say that Seoul has a soul connection. From being a fashion lover's paradise to being the hub of K-Pop fandom, the South Korean capital has something in store for everyone. Home to the latest fashion trends, a raucous nightlife, flavourful local fare and a blaring K-pop scene, Seoul has an eye on the future. If you find yourself making a pit stop in the city for 24 hours, here's what you can explore.

Start Your Day At The Gyenongbokgung Palace

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One of the most iconic sights in Korea, the Gyenongbokung palace has a long-standing history. The main and the largest palace of the Joseon dynasty, it was built in 1395. The name Gyenongbokgung literally translates to ‘palace greatly blessed by heaven’ and is interestingly located right in the heart of the city, surrounded by Mount Bugaksan and Mount Namsan. Visitors with a keen interest in history and culture can also visit the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea, located on the palace grounds. 

Get Your Insta Game On Point At Bukchon Hanok village

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Seoul’s rustic gem, Bukchon Hanok village is right up your alley if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the local culture. With traditional homes built in a specific architectural style and incorporating elements like curved roofs and ondol flooring, it’s a sight straight out of a Korean drama. One can even rent a hanbok, the traditional Korean attire, here and get snapping right away. Offering a slice of the Korean way of life, the myriad colours will keep you hooked. Visitors can also pick up a souvenir or two at throwaway prices. The Bukchon Hanok village is also home to a series of murals and paintings that showcase a blend of Korean, Chinese and western styles and compliment the intricate workmanship of the hanok.

Visit The Shopper’s Paradise — Myeongdong

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A mecca for shopaholics, the pomp and show of Myeongdong is hard to resist. The labyrinth of shops and stores can seem a little overwhelming for a first timer but a pro tip would be to let yourself go and experience unparalleled retail therapy. Known for its skincare and cosmetic products, many shops in Myeongdong provide immediate tax refunds service if you spend more than 30,000 Won. Offering both cheap and expensive products, Myeongdong’s abundant shopping supplies will ensure that your suitcases are packed with goodies and souvenirs. And finally when the hunger pangs kick in, you can find yourself right in the middle of the city's thriving food scene. From a range of mouth-watering sweets to street treats like Korean egg toast, spiral-cut potato, grilled scallops, roasted lobster with cheese, fried baby crab, and roasted sweet potatoes, you’ll be spoilt for choice,

Explore The Streets Of Insadong During The Wee Hours

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Located right in the heart of the city, Insadong is where old meets the new. One of the most vibrant night markets in Seoul, Insadong’s charm lies in its back alleys that boast of a variety of  street treats. From king’s desert to dragon beard candy, the bylanes of Insadong with their extensive array of shops are hard to resist. The district is also home to a flourishing contemporary art scene and it would be a shame to miss the art galleries here. Offering upto 130 varieties of tea from China, Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka and India, the Beautiful Tea Museum, a tea shop and a museum all merged in one, has multiple regional and artisanal tea catering to every palate.

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